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Chilean glaciers (Balmaceda and Serrano)

One of the wonders of the American continent are the Glaciers of Chile and Argentina. Extensions of ice so large that they have earned the title of being the largest glacial fields on the planet with the exception of the Poles. These are almost inaccessible for the ordinary tourist, however there are some that we can reach by walking or even by boat as is the case with Balmaceda glaciers and Serrano.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

We had 2 days left to leave Chile after an exhausting trekking in Las Torres del Paine. Our mind was looking for relaxation and with it some activity that does not require a great effort. With this we go to one of the agencies of Puerto Natales in order to look for an excursion and after reviewing several options we finally decided to go for the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and visit the Balmaceda glaciers and Serrano. Cost about 85$.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

The next day a ship with a capacity of up to 70 passengers left the Puerto Bories at 08:00 AM and the weather promised to keep calm. We were with a backpack with enough coat since the navigation in these fjords is quite fresh and windy. We had to sail more than 2 and a half hours to the first glacier which we could actually observe at the end of the Fjord of the Last Hope.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

After leaving Puerto Bories, a refrigeration complex of the early twentieth century, we sail for an hour and a half until we reach a Cormorant colony that nest exclusively in the summer.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

Just across the fjord we observe a small colony of Sea Lions, all of them in the water in search of their daily food. The truth was that we were lucky since the Captain no longer expected to see them here.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

Once soaked with such animal beauty, it was time to admire the landscape. The truth that you will look where you will look always found a beautiful mountain, making us want to throw ourselves overboard and climb all its points.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

We had been on the road for two hours and many people decided to take refuge inside the ship after a sudden drop in temperature. The truth is that the thermal sensation touched the 0 degrees and staying on the board was not very pleasant. However there was always a reason to be outside, like seeing these beautiful waterfalls that hang from cliffs where the nests supposedly nest Condors.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

And we reach the first glacier, the Balmaceda glacier where a “VIP” zodiac happened casually at full speed. This caused all the whirlpools to run out of their warm shelter and remain completely saturated. No wonder, the place is really beautiful.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

The glacier Balmaceda, Like many others Chile glaciers, is in reverse. In fact until 1981 it reached the edge of the New Hope fjord. A pity since the mark he has left on the mountain with his recoil is more than evident.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

Once bordered the glacier we continue until Puerto Toro where we docked to make a small route that would take us to the Serrano glacier. The truth that set foot on solid ground after 3 hours and a half Travel was thanked. Also here there were bathrooms !!!

Very close to here is the Monte Balmaceda and the Serrano river. Starting point to get to Torres del Paine up the Serrano River for 35 kilometers.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

The route we had to do was just a 30-minute walk and 800 meters long (one way). The 30 minutes was what was marked on the informational posters but it could really be done in much less than half.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

The entire journey was conditioned, with numerous bridges and railings to make it as comfortable as possible. It was simply bordering the Serrano glacier lagoon and reach a viewpoint at the foot of the glacier.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

After completing the mini trekking, we take the boat again to binge on roast lamb in a room called Pear trees which is halfway between the Serrano Glacier and Puerto Natales.

The day was coming to an end and it rained heavily. Moment we chose to get inside the boat and take a well-deserved nap until Puerto Bories.


Chile, Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

Practical data - Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

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How much does an excursion to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers cost?

The cost is high, starting at $ 100, but we must take into account that it is a 10-hour excursion, with transportation included (bus and boat) in addition to a small breakfast and a good lunch.

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Where to sleep?

Here are some options to stay and where very good comments have been obtained.

  • Apartments Paso Kirke.
  • Guanaco Blanco Hostel
  • Dorotea Vista: on the outskirts of the city. Vehicle is needed.
  • Singular Patagonia Hotel: the best in the area.

When to go?

It is recommended to go between the months of December and April. It is a cold place and where rain or snow makes an appearance easily. It is also the best time to see animals, especially between January and February.

What to wear

Clothes to protect us from both cold and rain. An umbrella makes no sense because of the strong wind. It is also recommended to bring some food and water.

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